That got me started down Memory Lane. I do have some wonderful Christmas memories from my early childhood.
I was a “girly girl”. I loved dolls, and anything related to dolls As I got older, my favorite gifts were books.
The first doll I remember coveting was a Tiny Tears doll. The ads and commercials for Tiny Tears made her sound amazing. She cried real tears! She had her own bottle, and when I fed her water, and then held her upside down and squeezed the heck out of her, the water came out of her huge tear ducts. She lost her appeal pretty quickly. I recall that she was followed by a doll called Betsy Wetsy, and of course she had a hole on her butt and wet her diaper.
Another doll I remember begging for was a walking doll. She was large, and she had braids. In order to get her to walk, you had to hold her hand and sort of rock her side to side while pulling her forward.
No batteries required in any of those early toys!
One toy I remember begging for when I was probably 9 or 10, was a twirling baton. I intended to become an accomplished baton twirler. Well, I did learn the basics, but I was never good at it and I got discouraged. I think the baton stood in a corner of my closet forever after.
I became a little bookworm as soon as I was able to read, and I tended to get wrapped up in reading and collecting book series. As I got older I loved the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew, but my favorites early on were the Bobbsey Twins books, and the Raggedy Ann and Andy books.
I wonder if those books are still available these days, and if they would hold the interest of today’s children?
Please feel free to leave a comment about your favorite or best remembered childhood Christmas gift.